Big Wig Nominations Now Open

Big Wig Nominations Now Open

Nominate your unsung heroes of the advertising/communications world now. Nominations continue from October 9. Nominate here. Then from October 11 through 17, vote for your favorite BigWigs, and on October 27, join us at the Square Room in Cafe 4 from 5 til 8 for our Awards...
AAF-Knoxville To Host Free Membership Event

AAF-Knoxville To Host Free Membership Event

September 24 Get-Together Is Informal; Explains Value of AAF Membership Want to mingle with some of East Tennessee’s most influential advertising people–and get free food? Stop in at Pelancho’s Thursday night for the American Advertising Federation of Knoxville’s free membership event. The gathering is open to anyone interested in the profession of advertising and marketing communications, and for all professionals in the field.  AAF-Knoxville members will be on hand to explain the importance of American Advertising Federation membership and how it helps people build careers. Membership in AAF-Knoxville is affordable, and it offers avantages including: Membership in AAF national, with access to thousands of resources on advertising and professional development Networking with top professionals in the East Tennessee area Discounts on professional products and services Regular meetings designed to promote career development Discounts on entries into the American Advertising Awards (formerly the ADDYs), the largest advertising awards program in the nation. (AAF-Knoxville has hosted this awards program locally for half a century.) Pelancho’s is located at Downtown West in Knoxville, and the event runs from 5-7pm.  We hope to see you...

Design, Advertising Associations Team Up For “Budding Creativity” Student Art Show

Student Submissions Now Being Accepted; Proceeds To Benefit Knox County Art and East Tennessee Student Scholarship Program KNOXVILLE—Professionals from the local chapters of the American Institute Of Graphic Artists (AIGA) and the American Advertising Federation (AAF) are collaborating on an art show that will feature Knox County student submissions and benefit arts programs in Knox County Schools. “Budding Creativity,” to be held April 3, will showcase submissions from students and professionals throughout the county. The show is free (as are submissions), and work submitted will be sold at the end of the show to benefit art programs and AAF’s Sam Littleton student scholarship fund. Teachers, students and professionals who would like to donate artwork can do so by emailing programming@knoxville.aiga.org. All media—painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, etc.—are accepted. This is the second annual show of its type. Last year AIGA raised $550 and donated needed art supplies to Norwood Elementary. The show, to be held in the main gallery of Paulk and Co., is free to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres and music will refresh and entertain attendees. People are encouraged to purchase student artwork, to bid on silent auction pieces by professional artists, and/or to donate money to the cause. To learn more, submit work, or make a donation, visit the show website, www.knoxvillebuddingcreativity.com. The deadline for submissions is March...

Announcing AAF-Knoxville’s Sam Littleton Scholarship Program

Join Us To Celebrate A Remarkable Advertising Professional—And A Scholarship That, In His Name, Will Help New Professionals Start Their Careers Join us May 29 at Latitude 35 from 6 to 8pm as we announce AAF-Knoxville’s new Sam Littleton Scholarship program. The scholarship, offered to area college students in advertising-related fields of study, will provide needed assistance and will help celebrate the life and accomplishments of one of our area’s greatest advertising professionals. A native of Lenoir City, Sam Littleton (1938-2011) distinguished himself as a broadcast professional for decades throughout the state of Tennessee. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, he began his broadcast career doing play-by-play for the football team, and as a disc jockey at WGNS in Murfreesboro. There he met his future wife, Sue, and they married in 1961. They moved to Memphis and Sam worked with WMC Radio and WREG-TV. During the next 20 years, he also worked at WSM Radio, The Grand Ole Opry, and WSMV-TV. Sam moved back to Knoxville where he worked with several local media organizations, including WBIR/10 News 2, and finished his career as a semi-retired sales consultant with WVLT-TV. Sam was extremely active in AAF-Knoxville and other professional organizations. He served on the Board of Directors for AAF-Knoxville, and in 2005 was awarded the Robert McCabe Silver Medal, the organization’s highest honor. Sam was a true professional who, for those of us who were fortunate enough to know him, set a stellar example for our profession. This scholarship will allow AAF-Knoxville to continue sharing his legacy in the years to...

49th Annual American Advertising Awards Winners

KNOXVILLE, TN (February 17, 2014) – This weekend, the American Advertising Federation of Knoxville (AAF-Knoxville) – a local chapter of the American Advertising Federation – presented the 2014 Knoxville American Advertising Awards® at The Foundry. The 49th annual event honored print, broadcast, and interactive media with 392 awards given to 31 Knoxville companies on the basis of creativity, originality, and strategy. Three Knoxville professionals also were honored with “lifetime achievement” and Hall of Fame inductions, and one award was presented for the Robert McCabe AAF National Silver Medal.  The Knoxville American Advertising Awards® is the first tier of a three-tiered national competition, which is the advertising industry’s largest recognition of creative excellence.  The top 12 Knoxville company winners this year, each with 9 or more awards included: The Tombras Group: 73 Gold, 72 Silver, 20 Bronze Designsensory: 6 Gold, 19 Silver, 2 Bronze The Bingham Group : 7 Gold, 10 Silver, 10 Bronze The Knoxville News Sentinel: 2 Gold, 4 Silver, 14 Bronze Graphic-FX: 2 Gold, 10 Silver, 4 Bronze RIVR Media: 10 Silver, 6 Bronze FletcherPR: 7 Silver, 8 Bronze VIEO Design: 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 6 Bronze PopFizz: 4 Gold, 6 Silver Flip Film + Design: 9 Silver Sevierville TN Convention & Visitors Bureau: 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze DMG Bluegill: 5 Silver, 4 Bronze See also the full list of the 2014 ADDY Awards® winners.  The Tombras Group received Best of Show Overall for Veteran’s “Salute” Viral Video produced for Food City. Other “best of” category winners included:  Best of Digital – The Tombras Group with Smokies Email Blasts produced for the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority; Best of Print – The Tombras Group for Highland...

All Will Be Revealed at the 49th Annual American Advertising Awards

All Will Be Revealed at the 49th Annual American Advertising Awards® (formerly known as the ADDY® Awards) presented by Knoxville’s American Advertising Federation on February 15, 2014 at 6:00pm. We will celebrate  the work of advertising professionals throughout East Tennessee, and recognize several distinguished members of the advertising community with special awards Get your tickets now! February 12th is the last day to purchase tickets to East Tennessee’s biggest communications industry event. You will not want to miss this year’s gala which is shaping up to be one of the best ever with 31 local companies slated to receive 392 awards! The fun-filled event will be held at The Foundry, which will be beautifully decorated for our masquerade themed celebration.  We will have a gallery of all winning work, and great awards reel by the talented folks at Elastic Pictures. Also back by popular demand is the ever-popular ice luge.  Tickets orders are closed as of February 12, 2014 at 4 PM  Gala Attendees will enjoy: Heavy hors d’oeuvres 2 alcoholic beverages And admission to the largest annual gathering of advertising, marketing, creative, media and production professionals, to unveil the top creative produced in East Tennessee during 2013! We’ll have a large display gallery of all award winning work NEW – visit the NCM Media Networks Lounge where television, radio and video will be displayed See the induction of local advertising icons into the AAF-Knoxville Hall of Fame We will also be awarding one individual the National Robert McCabe Silver Medal Thank you to our sponsors! NCM Media Networks, RIVR Media, Lamar Advertising Company, Bandit Lites, Sound Ventures, Elastic Pictures, 1 Source Printing,...

Advertising Community Honors “Unsung Heroes” with Big Wig Awards

KNOXVILLE (November 14, 2013)—The behind-the-scenes people of the advertising and communications industry—printers, photographers, media reps, assistants and others—were honored recently as AAF-Knoxville, the local advertising club, hosted its third annual Big Wig Awards. AAF-Knoxville asked people within the East Tennessee communications community to submit nominations for the “unsung heroes” of advertising and marketing—professionals who may not be recognized at other awards programs like the ADDY Awards, but whose contributions to the field are invaluable.  People tapped more than 60 individuals and companies in 19 categories.  From there, more than 2,000 votes were cast to select the honorees.  Below are the finalists and winners for each category: Educator of the Year James Marvel, University of Tennessee Dr. Carl Gombert, MaryvilleCollege Dr. Lisa Fall, University of Tennessee (winner)  Best Fulfillment/Direct Mail Burns Mailroom National Mailroom Direct Mail Services  (winner)   Best Large Format Printer Print Edge (winner) Post Net Joe Parrott Screen Printing Best Sign Company William & Lea Signs-n-Such (winner) Signco Inc. Best Talent Agency 18 Karat Gage Talent Talent Trek (winner) Best Web Programmer Paul Gibson, VIEO Design (winner) John Hurst, In10sity Interactive Scott Whitehead, Marke Media Best Video/Film Post Production Elastic Pictures RIVR Media (winner)      Best Printer Hart Graphics (winner) Business Graphics Union Printers Best Printer Rep Brent Golden, Hart Graphics (winner) Wendel Burkhart Union Printers Peter Ullrich, Ullrich Printing  Best Media Buyer Nina Reineri, Ascertainment Marketing (winner) Maureen Patteson, Media Directions Bob Colloredo, Colloredo & Associates John Goethert, VIEO Design  Best Radio Rep Terryl Oliver, South Central Communications Gena Sands, Journal Broadcasting Cory Dickson, Cumulus Leslie Apking, South Central Communications Kristina Killebrew, Journal Broadcasting (winner)...

2013-14 Board of Directors

The AAF-Knoxville Board of Directors for 2013-14 has been installed.  Members include: Michael Torano, Knoxville Opera, President Amanda Lewis, The Tombras Group, 1st VP Renee Monhollon,  Knoxville News Sentinel, 2nd VP Susie Norris, Orange Apple Branding Boutique, Immediate Past President Brian Potter, The Tombras Group,  Treasurer Wayne Bowman, Bowman Creative + Strategy, director Scott Saulnier, RIVR Media Interactive, director Branden Sams-Stanley, E.W. Scripps, director Nina Reineri, Ascertainment Marketing, Inc., director Holly Yalove, VIEO Design,  director David Jacobs, The Tombras Group, Ex-Officio director   Founded in 1959, the American Advertising Federation of Knoxville is a professional organization involved in promoting excellence and awareness in advertising in the greater Knoxville area. It is an official chapter of the American Advertising Federation, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and acts as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.” The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 40,000 advertising professionals through a national network of 200 local...

American Advertising Federation Announces 48th Annual Knoxville ADDY® Awards Honorees

KNOXVILLE, TN (February 17, 2012) – Last night, the American Advertising Federation of Knoxville (AAF-Knoxville) – a local chapter of the American Advertising Federation – presented the 2013 Knoxville ADDY® Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The 48th annual event honored print, broadcast, and interactive media with 329 awards given to 32 Knoxville companies on the basis of creativity, originality, and strategy. Four Knoxville professionals also were honored with “lifetime achievement” and Hall of Fame inductions. The Knoxville ADDY® Awards is the first tier of a three-tiered national ADDY®competition, which is the advertising industry’s largest recognition of creative excellence. The top 10 company winners included The Tombras Group, Designsensory, RIVR Media & RIVR Media Interactive, The Bingham Group, E.W. Scripps / Knoxville News Sentinel, Orange Apple Branding Boutique, Flip Film+Design, VIEO Design, Slamdot and Finch Photo. The Tombras Group received Best of Show Overall for the “Football Fan Experience Website” produced for the University of TN Athletic Department. Other “best of” category winners included:  Best of Show Interactive—The Tombras Group for Football Fan Experience Website produced for the University of TN Athletic Department; Best of Show Print—The Tombras Group for Low Impact Vacation Print Advertising Campaign produced for the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority;  Best of Show Collateral—The Tombras Group for Axis Brochure produced for Axis Wake Research; Best of Show TV—The Tombras Group for Hopscotch produced for East TN Children’s Hospital; and Best of Show Non-Traditional—City of Sevierville for its Live Dolly Statue. In addition, Special Judges Awards were presented to Designsensory for its Holiday Greetings Direct Mail; Designsensory for Patricia Nash Designs’ Integrated Campaign; The Tombras Group...